Online study skills ADSHE 2011


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  • Research has shown that students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia prefer information to be presented in a multi-sensory way (Mortimore, 2003)
  • Online study skills ADSHE 2011

    1. 1. Access to Study SkillsOnline Study Guides<br />Fiona White and Matthew Mobbs<br />
    2. 2. Background<br />AccessAbility Centre offers:<br />Face-to-face study support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties<br />4 Study Advisers offering 6 x 1 hour long appointments per day<br />676 students with SpLDs registered with Centre<br />University of Leicester<br /> 22,802 students in total<br /> 8,651 (38%) distance learners <br />Only 36 distance learners with SpLDs registered with Centre<br />
    3. 3. New Approach<br />To engage and support DL students and a new approach for campus based students<br />10 Online Study Guides<br />Designed based on ‘most frequently requested’ study support sessions<br />
    4. 4. Pedagogical Design<br />Multisensory approach preferred by students with SpLDs (Mortimore, 2003). <br /> Visuals – colour, images and subtitles<br /> Audio – Voice over<br /> Kinaesthetic – Interactivity<br />Length and style<br /> Kept short to hold students’ attention. Approx 10 minutes each (Edirisingha, Salmon, Nie. 2008)<br /> Mixed approaches: interactive activities, information and guidance and informal tone (Edirisingha, Salmon, Nie. 2008)<br />
    5. 5. The Guides<br />
    6. 6. Example<br />
    7. 7. How they were made<br />PowerPoint<br />Adobe Presenter<br />
    8. 8. How they were made<br />Adobe Presenter<br />
    9. 9. How they were made<br /><br />
    10. 10. How they were made<br />Adobe Presenter<br /><ul><li>PowerPoint Plugin
    11. 11. Combine Audio and visuals
    12. 12. Published to the Web </li></li></ul><li>Alternative Free Tools<br /><br />
    13. 13. Alternative Free Tools<br /><br /><br />
    14. 14. Raising Awareness<br /><ul><li> Cards - posters
    15. 15. Web
    16. 16. Blackboard
    17. 17. YouTube
    18. 18. Podcasts
    19. 19. Course Handbooks
    20. 20. Direct mailing to distance learners
    21. 21. Email to all dyslexic students</li></li></ul><li>Feedback Methodology<br />Monitoring hits<br />3766 in total by June 2011<br />Indication of support needs <br />Patterns of use (seasonal and time of day)<br />Survey (online)<br />Capturing learner type (distance or campus-based)<br />Qualitative written feedback<br />Focus Groups<br />2 focus groups <br />Formal Student interview<br />Informal feedback via study advice sessions<br />
    22. 22. Feedback<br />Students have been positive about the resources: <br />appreciating different elements of the delivery depending on learning styles;<br />using the guides in a variety of ways, ie. <br />1) when it was difficult to get a face to face session, <br />2) to prepare for a meeting with a Study Adviser, <br />3) as consolidation after a study advice session.<br />
    23. 23. Feedback<br />Some students viewed the guides a number of times.<br />They appreciated being able to access the guides 24/7.<br />Comments included:<br />‘I liked the ‘Improving Memory’ one in particular: they had a sort of practical memory test right there and then. You can see that it actually works; and it stayed in my memory for longer…’<br />‘…it’s nice to have this preliminary stuff done and out of the way so you can really concentrate on a specific area…You’ve built on something so when you get to the study adviser she can push you further’.<br />
    24. 24. Feedback – Points for improvement<br />Students didn’t like font size and theme. There is no ability to change this on Adobe Connect.<br />Some students wanted to be able to skip whole sections of the presentation. <br />Students wanted more control over the pacing of the material.<br />Some students wanted more examples. <br />It was suggested that more in-depth presentations follow on from these ‘short intro’ guides<br />
    25. 25. Future Developments<br />Study guides to be signposted to every student booking a study advice session <br />iTunesU and YouTube<br />One to one study advice sessions to be offered remotely using web conferencing tools e.g. Skype and Elluminate.<br />
    26. 26. Examples of study guides<br />Improving Memory<br /><br />Essay Writing<br /><br />
    27. 27. Contact details<br />Fiona White<br />Study Adviser<br />0116 252 5002<br /><br />Matt Mobbs<br />Learning Technologist<br /><br />Twitter: @mjmobbs Blog: <br />0116 229 7753<br />